Tarrant in Flying Boomerangs squad
Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019
By Myles Burt
Tarrant Lihou has been chosen to play AFL amongst 25 other talented Indigenous players in the 2019 Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs.
The program is based around football development and leadership, giving young Indigenous footballers aged 14 to 16 an opportunity to represent their country.
Tarrant was selected by NGA Managers and AFL Club recruiters following a state talent program and talent identification camp that chose players based on their school attendance, leadership skills and football ability.
Within the program Tarrant will be exposed to elite training environments and standards to assist his transition into the mainstream talent pathway.
Playing in the midfield for the Boomerangs, Tarrant said the tryouts were a great experience where he was able to test his skills against footballers from across Australia.
“They’re all from the NT and all over the place, it was very good to play with some good players,” Tarrant said.
During the program, Tarrant said there was a large focus on sharing their Indigenous cultures and backgrounds amongst players, as strengthening cultural identity is a core component of the program.
Tarrant will be flying off to Melbourne on July 7 for a week-long camp, where he’ll play two exhibition matches against the World Team squad at the Trevor Barker Oval on the 9th and 12th of July.